Evan lands Sandown race | News | The Bridgend and Porthcawl GEM

Saturday, 20 January 2018

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After all three of Evan Williams’ runners failed to make the frame in the recent Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, it was left to his 11-year-old Buywise to put the smile back on his face when winning the £100,000 32Red Veterans’ Handicap Chase worth nearly £62,000 to the winner at Sandown Park.

Ridden for the first time by Grand National-winning jockey Leighton Aspell, Buywise, who has always promised to win a big race, passed last year’s winner Pete The Feat on the run-in to score by two lengths.

And the roar in the owners’ and trainers’ bar at Chepstow Racecourse when Buywise won, and where Evan’s wife Catherine and family and friends watched the race on television, could probably have been heard in the Chepstow Racecourse stands.

A delighted Williams, who was full of praise for Aspell, told the press: “It’s heartwarming to see the old boy come back. He’s got such a following – we’ve people getting in touch and they all want to know about is Buywise.”

Meanwhile, Raz De Maree, the 16-1 winner of the Welsh Grand National, is trained in Ireland by Gavin Cromwell, and, at 13, is the oldest winner of the race since Snipe’s Bridge won at Cardiff’s Ely Racecourse in 1927.

Raz De Maree was partnered by Pembrokeshire’s James Bowen, who, at 16, is the youngest rider to win Wales’s most prestigious race.

Raz De Maree finished six lengths ahead of Alfie Spinner, who was ridden by Richard Patrick who, like Bowen, is well known to point-to-point enthusiasts in the Vale.


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